Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1982, Staff Sergeant Christopher Griffin, Army Air Corps, was killed during the Falklands War.
His parents’ only son, he was educated at various schools due to his father having served with the Suffolk Regiment and the Royal Anglian Regiment. He joined the army when he was eighteen years old, serving at first with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, and then as a driver with the Royal Corps of Transport. He volunteered for helicopter pilot training and qualified in 1976. His skill as a pilot was such that he was an adviser on the film “Who Dares Wins”, but sadly he did not live long enough to see the film.
In April of 1982 Staff Sergeant Griffin deployed to the Falkland Islands with 656 Squadron of the Army Air Corps. On the day of his death he flew on a mission to position electronic equipment on high ground, and on the return journey he was shot down by a missile and killed instantly. He lies buried in the cemetery at San Carlos.
Christopher, from Colchester in Essex, was 32 years old and married with a son.